Julian Debreuil

bass-baritone

Julian Debreuil has garnered considerable praise in recent years for his tremendous vocal power and highly compelling acting. His warm, rich voice is perfectly suited to the Romantic and Verismo repertoire, although his musical versatility allows him to be equally persuasive in genres from the Baroque to the Contemporary. 

Julian studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Adrian Thompson and at the Royal College of Music with Ryland Davies, followed by private tuition with Nicholas Powell. He was also awarded a scholarship to study on the Academia Georg Solti where he studied with Paolo Speca. He is the recipient of major awards from the Wingate Foundation, English Speaking Union, Musicians Benevolent Fund, Royal Society of Musicians, Josephine Baker, Countess of Munster and Benslow Music Trusts and was also a finalist in the Schubert Society of London, London Song Festival, John Warner Memorial Award and the Hampshire National Singing Competitions. In addition, he was highly commended in the Wagner Society Singing Competition as having 'a powerful, attractive sound with a great deal of vocal colour'.

Engagements for the 2016-17 season included B Minor Mass J. S Bach with the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra; Briano in Aroldo Verdi for UCOpera; Sarastro in Die Zauberfloete Mozart for Charles Court Opera and OperaUpClose; A Sea Symphony Vaughan Williams with the Hull City Philharmonia; Johannes-Passion J. S. Bach with the Hull Bach Choir; Don Pizarro in Fidelio Beethoven for Longborough Festival Opera.

 

The 2017-18 season includes Oracle of Neptune in Idomeneo Mozart for Buxton Festival Opera; Sarastro in The Magic Flute Mozart at the Soho Theatre; Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin Tchaikovsky at the Arcola Theatre; Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin Tchaikovsky for Opera Loki, touring France and the UK; Jeptha Handel with the Hull Bach Choir; the title role in Elijah Mendelssohn for the Dulwich Choral Society; Johannes-Passion J. S. Bach with the Purcell Orchestra; Cantatas 21 & 29 J. S. Bach with the Birmingham Bach Choir; Maria Theresa Mass Haydn with the Grimsby Choral Society; 2001: A Space Odyssey with the Philharmonia Orchestra; Le Chant des Enfants des Etoiles Chin, also with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall.

Engagements for the 2019 season currently includes Mass in C Beethoven with the Derby Choral Union, Nelson Mass Haydn  with St James' Spanish Place and Messa da Requiem Verdi with the Holland Park Choral Society.

In previous years Julian has also performed roles for the Ravenna Opera Festival, Iford Arts Festival, Opera Project, Le Theatre l'Italienne Cherbourg, Le Theatre du Passage Neuchatel, Salmiya Opera Theatre Kuwait, OperaUpClose and Pop-Up Opera.

Recent concert work includes Messa da Requiem Verdi with the Philharmonia Orchestra, The Dream of Gerontius Elgar and Ein Deutches Requiem Brahms with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, The Apostles Elgar with the BBC Concert Orchestra, The Messiah Handel with the Orquesta di Valencia, Israel in Egypt Handel and Johannes-Passion Bach with the London Handel Players.